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The History of Ridley Park, PA

The personal injury attorneys in West Ridley Park, PA, at Justice Guardians have sponsored the following article on the area's history.

Ridley Park History

Ridley Park, PA, is located about 17 miles southwest of Philadelphia. This area of fewer than 700 acres is a borough in Delaware County. It is known as the home of the first CH-47F, tandem-rotor helicopter, manufactured in the local Boeing facility in 2006.

Early History

Before the European settlers found the area, the Native Americans from the Lenni Lenape Nation called it their home. It was the Okehocking Tribe that had villages throughout the region and alongside the Stoney and Crum Creeks. It was their footpaths that were later transformed into the roads by the Europeans.

A Railroad Suburb

In 1871, Isaac Hinkley, the President of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, founded Ridley Park. In an effort to expand similarly to the Pennsylvania Railroad, he wanted to build a rail line running through Darby to Chester. However, his plans were met with opposition from the residents, who were reluctant to sell him the land needed to complete his vision.

Hinkley would hire Robert Morris Copeland to help push his desire for his railroad expansion. Copeland immediately fell in love with the landscape, creeks, and location. Copeland, a Bostonian, was a landscape architect and instantly saw real estate potential in the area. His plans for Ridley Park would be remembered as the first planned community in the county. During the next few years, there was a surge in farmland purchases in the area.

Some of the roads today honor namesakes of these families, such as:

  • Burk
  • Dutton
  • Free
  • Henderson
  • Stewart
  • Ward

By 1872, the new roads were moving with travelers, just in time for the opening of a hotel. A dam had been constructed on Little Crum Creek that facilitated the new man-made lake of 20 acres that adorned the neighborhood. Many residential homes would be built, encouraging a population growth spurt.


As of 2010, the population of Ridley Park was 7,002, and the income for each household was $50,065 individually and $62,378 for families. Just under 50% of the residents were married couples that resided together. To further breakdown the neighborhood, we can look at the racial percentages as follows:

  • 95.3% White
  • 2.0% African American
  • 1.4% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 1.2% Asian
  • 1.1% two or more races
  • 0.3% other races

Parks and Recreation

The beauty of the landscape has been preserved over the years and can be fully enjoyed at one of the following parks:

  • Eastlake Park
  • Recreation Park - ABC Field
  • Nevin Street Park
  • Firehouse Park
  • Bonnes Park
  • Hetzel Park
  • Catania Brothers Park
  • Spirit of America Park
  • Veterans Park

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David Petrone
Date Published: April 20, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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